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I’M NOT GOING TO ARGUE too much with the listing of hardest punchers, but the reasoning behind this is all wrong. to base the hardest puncher on the KO percentage is misleading.

Most of the guys on this list I do not believe are true one-punch KO artists.

The hardest punchers should be based on the devastating effects of ideally a SINGLE blow on an opponent or a short combination.

One of my favourite All-Time fighters is WILFREDO BAZOOKA GOMEZ, who amassed a record 17 straight stoppage or KO victories in world title defences at Super Bantamweight (in a time when being a world champion really meant something), but despite KO’ing or stopping the vast majority of his opponents right up to Jnr Lightweight, I would consider him more of a boxer-puincher (he had vastly underrated boxing skills and was very good on his pins)!

The same could be said of many other boxers, such as a Joe Calzaghe and even a Marvin Hagler.

These guys can take you out with one shot, but more than likely it will be done by a wearing down type of fight rather than one shot.

There are very, very few boxers currently active who can take a guy out with one shot, but LUCAS MATTHYSSE is definitely one.

His one-shot right hand counterpunch KO of Mike Dallas in the 1st round comes to mind. Also, the effects of his blows on KingPete this weekend are another example as they temporarily short-circuited him, much like a Mike Tyson blow did in the 80’s….

I would argue that JuanMa’s KO of champion and fellow hard-hitter, Ponce De Leon was more noteworthy than that of Concepcion, but that is by-the-by!

Posted May 22, 2013 3:30 am 


Tark- yeah you are right about tarver against jones and glen Johnson ko over jones were softer punch but he was out earlier on ….

One of my favorite ko ,s is Marciano’s over Walcott …

Posted May 22, 2013 2:56 am 


Squared > thanks ! And yes you are absolutely right about Gary c. Left hook ,I totally forgot about him ,I remember his ko over norton it was one of the nastiest one i ever saw …

Posted May 21, 2013 8:53 pm 


Here is my list of all time hardest haveyweight punchers.

1.left jab.holmes,wlad klitchko,Forman

2.right straight punch. Wlad klitchko by far the hardest ,vitaly

3.right straight from standstill and the fastest right .definetly muhamed Ali

4.left hook .mike Tyson ,wlad klitchko

5.right hook .jack Dempsey ,Forman ,Tyson

6.left uppercut . Forman by far

7. Right uppercut .forman Lewis ,Tyson

8. Right over right hand . Lewis ,vitally klitchko

Posted May 21, 2013 7:29 pm 


Tark > are you freakin serious bro?? You want to tell us that just because wlad lost to purity sanders and peters he hits softer than vitaly ???? Come on bro you can’t compare hard punches that way and you know it ,bring us a different argument than this silly one pleeeease…

Posted May 21, 2013 7:19 pm 


K2FAN…Think again the best annual throw in shot put in 1976 was by Oldfield 22.45m The best annual throw in 2012 was by Cantwell it was 22.31m Again not huge gaps overall over the years in this sport on the whole.

Posted May 21, 2013 6:18 pm 


Patrice Jones… “Wladimir was hitting him infinitely harder.” … LMAO. Infinitely harder. That’s a new one. Peter was DONE.. Vitali smashed him and he couldn’t fight anymore. Chambers fought him BEFORE Wladimir fought him, and Peter couldn’t even mount a charge against a light hitting, overweight Chambers he was so gone.. But Peter still went longer with Wladimir than he did with Vitali. Those things tell me he wasn’t being hit infinitely harder..

Let’s be serious. Peter, Sanders, and Puritty knocked Wladimir down eight (8) times and beat him twice–both times by stoppage … Vitali beat them all, stopping them all. That and Vitali’s better KO ratio tells you all you need to know.

Posted May 21, 2013 5:38 pm 


K2FAN…Yes you proved my point.A primative sport like shot put overall sees little improvement over the years.The best throw 30yrs ago was better then the best throw in more modren times.A sport like shot put or boxing dont depend on a evolution of equitment like for example modren golf clubs.And thats why I was comparing shot put with boxing read my post more carefull and you see I wasnt wrong you just didnt understand what I was saying.

Posted May 21, 2013 5:24 pm 

K-2- Fan

dwc ; I don’t know why you brought in the shot put competition into this
discussion , but since you did , I must tell you that you are wrong AGAIN !
The winning distance in the 1976 Olympics was ; 21.05 meters . The distance
in the 2012 Olympics was 21.89 meters ! That’s 84 centemeters longer ! Now ,
all you have to do is find out how much 84 centemeters is and you can see for
yourself if it is not a SIGNIFICANT improvement .

Posted May 21, 2013 3:14 pm 


K O Ratio don’t mean a thing……It’s how many you have KOd and Big George is well in front of the Klitz

Posted May 21, 2013 1:20 pm 

Brazilian Boxing Fan

In my opinion, Wladimir Klitschko is the hardest-punching heavyweight boxer today.

Posted May 21, 2013 10:18 am 

Bill Patrice Jones

Tark that’s not accurate. Wladimir took Sam Peter’s chin in the rematch not Vitali. There’s not muh sense using Peter’s performances against the Klitschkos as a measuring stick for who hits harder because he fought in three completely different ways. In the first Wladimir fight Peter had a cast iron chin. No one was going to put him down easily or hurt him easily that night. If Sam had learned to box and not get hit so much when he was up and coming he could have gone sooo far based on his chin and power. When Sam fought Vitali in 2008 lots of stuff was going on. He hadn’t trained, was arrogant, not well prepared and not motivated. He didn’t stay away from Vitali because he was scared. Vitali went backwards beautifully the whole fight and Peter was trying to box instead of brawl. He thought he could do the same things he had done against Toney and Maskaev (who were his own size and NOT Vitali). Vitali hit Peter a ludicrous number of times but though his face was swollen Peter was never really wobbled at all. He gave up that night he wasn’t near being knocked out. When Peter rematched Wladimir he was being much much more aggressive. Coming forward fast and bobbing. Wladimir butchered Peter that night. I saw that iive, and I saw the Vitali fight live, Wladimir was hitting him infinitely harder. Mega bombs from round 2 onwards. It was like Lewis Vs Tyson. That’s what finished Sam, in the crowd it looked like he was going to actually die on his feet. Wladimir hits much harder than Vitali. Since the comeback I’ve never really thought Vitali is as hard a puncher as he was before. He’s a much better boxer, but not so devastating with his single shots.

Posted May 21, 2013 5:01 am 


And so what if hearns was smaller than hagler ???? He still managed to shorten Leonard’s life span by giving him hell in their fight …and please most fans at the time thought hearns punching power would be to much for hagler who comes forward but hagler took everything and crush him!!!

Posted May 21, 2013 3:03 am 


Tark -thank god we have you tube to see the actual Leonard vs hagler fight …
He won last 30 sec. Of the fight by showboating and throwing punches In the air …and also what was he doing the rest of the 2:30 min. Of the rest of the rounds?? Lol running ..
Please Leonard was great but don’t try to bash the greatest hagler just because you don’t like him…!

Posted May 21, 2013 2:56 am 


Adrian you’re crazy… Very few knowledgeable people thought Hearns was going to beat Hagler. Everyone thought he’d be killed. Leonard punched Tommy’s head in and Hagler was a bigger puncher than Leonard, a welterweight.. Hagler was a full natrual middleweight, and whenever Hearns traded punches with anyone he came out on the short end of the stick..

Leonard beat Hagler easily.. He won 4 rounds right out of the gate because Hagler stupidly tried to show Ray up by boxing him out of an orthodox stance.. I LMFAO.. “YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!” By the time time he switched to his normal style he was a mile behind.. Leonard ripped Hag’s face with combinations in the last 30 seconds of most rounds.. The immobile Hagler couldn’t do a thing about it.

Posted May 21, 2013 2:01 am 


Monzon would definitely beat them… Hagler??? Remember 99% also thought Tyson would KO Buster Douglas.. 99% also tought Hagler would beat a WW coming off a 3-year-layoff — Leonard.

It doesn’t MATTER what anyone thinks.. Martinez had extremely fast hand and feet, was a very skilled boxer, and scored a lot of KO’s over middleweights 6′ tall and taller.. Pavlik wasn’t so great a boxer or technician, but Hagler never met anyone remotely as big and powerful as Pavlik, and never beat a really good boxer who was a natural middleweight anyway.. Before he went off the rails with alcohol, drugs, and women, Pavlik scored some extremely impressive KO’s over undefeated Taylor, and good slugger Miranda.. He was undefeated and nobody to mess with at his best.

Posted May 20, 2013 9:26 pm 


Tark…Yes basketball players are getting bigger and better all around.But the point I was making was that somebody was crazy enough to say Jordan couldnt play today in the NBA that is just beyond crazy.That is how far some people will go to put down ATG players and try to say that a prime Jordan couldnt even make the team today…thats pure nonsence.

Posted May 20, 2013 8:47 pm 


Tark…Lets not forget baseball records were smashed by modren day roid users.And the frozen samples I guess will show if cheating has been going on in the last oylmpics.Maybe some people found ways around modren testing that will come out years from now with these frozen samples…jury could still be out on that issue.

Posted May 20, 2013 7:39 pm 


Tark…My point is that even in 20yrs the hvwt champ dosent have to be better then the k-bros(either one) Who ever it is could be pretty average in a bad divison that the k-bros would beat easy in their prime.Boxing like the shot put is alot less high tech overall then other sports..trunks..ring surface..dont add alot to the game like say modern golf clubs.The thing is I dont want to paint myself into a corner here Im not saying every old champ could beat a modren champ Im not saying that but there are stand outs in eras that could win at any time in a given day.

Posted May 20, 2013 6:53 pm 


Dane…Running tracks evolved alot along with starting blocks even footwear Owens would look that much better today with that stuff.Again would a prime Hagler or Carlos Mouzon beat a prime Pavlik or Sergio M. ???I think 99.9% would say yes…then how could that be if everythings getting better it goes against nature it goes against your type of logic.How could a fighter from Haglers era beat a champ today,its from a older era it cant happen.My point is this yes guys are getting better and bigger and sometimes stronger…but it dosent mean a stand out from another era couldnt compete and even beat guys from a modern era…example Mouzon or Hagler beats prime Pavlik or Sergio…older era beats more modren era.Ofcourse not all the time with every fighter Im not saying that,but a older era champ could beat a more modern era champ its silly to think it cant happen ever.

Posted May 20, 2013 6:27 pm 


dwc… Somebody doesn’t have to be better than the Klitschko Bros 12 years from now… A single pro career lasts for more than 12 years unless you’re Marciano, who only fought for 8 years.. You can be a world beater at 22 or at 38. Prime years for boxers are being expanded every generation.

But more than likely in 20 years the heavyweights will be better as a group.. There will be more people in the world and more boxers.. It’s globally growing international sport and is bigger than ever worldwide.. Nothing primitive about it. Nothing primitive about sprinting or swimming and the new methods of training and improved techniques that squeeze out greater performance. Gloves, shoes, trunks, protectors, wrappings, nutrition, exercises, strength training, boxing technique, even the ring posts, ropes, and boxing surfaces … everything inches forward generation after generation every time somebody comes up with a better way of doing something..

Now we have plyometrics which have been proven to increase your stamina, speed, strength, explosiveness, and flexibility naturally.. Back in the 1970’s steroids were legal and in wide use, but 98% of those records from the PED era have been shattered.. Today they’re outlawed and they keep your testing samples frozen for decades so when they come up with new testing technologies they’ll nail you retroactively and destroy your legacy forever.. Therefore there was less cheating in the 2012 Olympics than ever since PED’s were outlawed—and more records broken.

Posted May 20, 2013 6:27 pm 


I agree with the list. But the most eye-catching ones, not-so-much.

Pac KO Hatton is the most eye-catching KO shot of Pacquiao’s career.
Donaire KO Montiel for Nonito.

Posted May 20, 2013 5:31 pm 


Some sports evolve because of high-tech equitment..better running clubs..bats..skates..ect.Take a primative sport like shot put in 1976 the best throw beat the best throw in 2012 many records over the years are only slightly better because like boxing its pretty primative not depending on high-tech equitment.Again every era produces great players Jordan would play today and would still be great if he was in his prime.Lets not forget baseball records were broken because of drug cheats and the way people can scam and get around things today who knows how much more of this stuff is going on in sports today,everytime they find a way to test better they find another way to get around it.Again using the logic every era has to be better means 12yrs from now after the k-bros retire,the new champ HAS to be better then both of them.He cant be just a medicore champ with a field of bad hvwts. no he would have to be better.Again there are always stand outs who could be the best at anytime on a given day.And the 3 round fights in the olympics favored the Russians and Cubans at that time knowing they could train for that and thats all they would ever fight for,where the americans knew they would have to shift and devolpe different styles and look to the future and be at the time 15rd fighters they couldnt sit back and just fouces on being 3 round fighters for the rest of their life.

Posted May 20, 2013 5:08 pm 


Some batters awing for singles and some swing for homers. Tyson swing for homers.consequently he was considered a heavy hitter. Some fighters who do not have many KO,s only because they concentrate n out boxing the opponent,but it doesn’t,t mean they can,t take you out withoneshot.

Posted May 20, 2013 4:29 pm 


@dwc… If you don’t think basketball players are getting bigger, better, and more skilled offensively and defensively—on a global scale—you’re crazy. Every generation you go back the evolution is more pronounced. Check Track & Field and Swimming records from 30 years ago, and compare them to today’s records. Every sport evolves.

Amateur Boxing is a different game from the pros.. 3 rounds isn’t long enough to wear Foreman out.. Dimitrenko could jump around like a kangaroo for 3 rounds and possibly beat Pulev—but a few more rounds he gets beaten into the floorboards. The Soviet Union didn’t ramp up their amateur boxing program until the mid 80’s when they brought in some coaches from Cuba. Now they have a very serious program of continuous improvement and the Klitschkos are a product of that. England got a later start but their boxing programs have been more productive over the last 20 years.

The pro game lends to the amateur game and recruits from the amateur game. Without the pro game amateurs have less to aspire to. The incentives are great because Ukrainian and other Eastern amateurs now have extremely wealthy world famous role models to inspire them. In America we haven’t kept pace. We have the same danky, broken down gyms, poor funding, and poor officiating we’ve had for generations. A few more funding sources and more elite training facilities are beginning to emerge—and we’ll probably climb back to the top in 30 years or so in the heavyweight class. However Jennings or Wilder might do something well before then. Compared to most sports we have a glaring weakness in our Olympic boxing results. It hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Posted May 20, 2013 4:05 pm 

philly shell

Okay list, but changes :

Light Heavy – Kovalev 85.7%KO to Cloud’s 76%

Light Middle – definately JAMES KIRKLAND (weak chin, but the best pure puncher) Kirkland 84%KOs to Alvarez 69.7%kos

Super Bantam – i know he got beat by Donaire, but I’d say Vic Darchinyan is a more murderous puncher (Vic – 62%ko; Doniare 60%ko) or Jorge Arce -64.7%

Posted May 20, 2013 3:45 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

Impersonating me is a crime punishable by immediate perma-banning on here. There’s a good chance the mods will come round and give you a proper good hiding too.

Posted May 20, 2013 3:22 pm 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Gonzo that’s great broski your awesome duderino

Posted May 20, 2013 3:10 pm 


Are you saying Jordan is to slow now for modern basketball..or in his prime???If your saying he cant play basketball today if he was in his prime your nuts…anyone knows that that knows anything about basketball even today he would be a great player if he was in his prime.As for the cold war era in Russia boxing that was their pros lets face it they only boxed..lived..ate..slept..boxing..didnt hold full time employment boxing was their job in Russia to me that is what a pro fighter does they live off boxing that equals pro.And I dont defend hvwt boxing in the states today it sucks and went downhill what will happen 10yrs from now…who knows.I was talking about a diffrent era when America had ATG fighters who proved themselfs and beat the best all over the world.If you want to call the russians who Ali..Foreman..Frasier..Tillman..beat amatures then well fine but I would define them as pros fighting in the olympics.I wouldnt consider the dream team USA basketball that played in the olympics anymore amatures then I would the russian fighters back in the cold war era.

Posted May 20, 2013 3:02 pm 


Vitali destroyed Sam Peter.. He took his chin.. After that fight Peter couldn’t absorb a punch so Helenius and Wladimir flattened him—but they didn’t stop him as fast or dominate him as easily as Vitali did. They also took more punches because Peter didn’t fear their power as much. Puritty took everything Wladimir could throw for 11 rounds and stopped him. Vitali stopped Puritty..

Wladimir always said if he and Vitali fought Vitali would win—because he’s bigger, taller, tougher, punches harder, and is a natural fighter—which Wladimir said he isn’t. Wladimir won’t be Heavyweight Champion at 41 like Vitali. If WK keeps going until he’s 39, a hard up and coming puncher like Wilder or Pulev will shatter that glass chin again.

If Vitali hadn’t been out for 4 years he would have 8 more KO’s. The only Heavyweight Champion in history with a higher KO ratio then Vitlali is Marciano. Who fought only 5 men in world title fights. None of them were real heavyweights. Those 5 challengers had a combined 59 losses, 18 by KO, before they stepped into the ring with Rocky. They were all on the slide, and except for ancient light heavyweight Archie Moore, they were basically worn out.

Posted May 20, 2013 3:01 pm 

K-2- Fan

d w c ; I am not a child and there is NO russian in MY
background and I don’t care how many russians got beaten whenever ! So much for your ” theory ” . Also the K-Brothers are Ukrainian , so I have no idea
what your point is , in bringing up this ” russian theory ” of yours . As to pointing out how Ali and Foreman , Tillman etc , beat up everybody at the
Olympics , begs me to ask you one question ; how many medals , at the LAST Olympics , did the USA get ? That was Then , this is NOW ! You , unwittingly ,
have just proven my point !

Posted May 20, 2013 2:14 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

Are you a bit stupid or are you full retard? Wlad doesn’t even try to get most of his opponents out of there early these days. He prefers break them up with his jab before he brings out the heavy artillery and get them out of there. Say what you will about him, but he’s unquestionably one of the most destructive punchers the sport has ever seen. Most of the time he relies on his straight right to get the job done, but his hooks, either left or right are absolutely devastating when he chooses to use them, especially so earlier on in his career when he was less bulky than he is today and he could get more leverage on them. David Haye is a huge puncher himself, but he swings from the fences with all his weight behind him with almost every shot, whereas Wlad rarely does that.. If Wlad loaded up on his hooks like that he could KO a bloody elephant with the power he’d generate.

Posted May 20, 2013 1:36 pm 

Wladimirs power?

Wladimir KIlitschko’s power is flat out overrated. He NEVER and I mean NEVER stops his opponents early, and he seldom ever puts them down for the ten count. I haven’t really seen him knock someone out concussively early on since he beat Ray Austin years and years ago. If Wladimir hit as hard as people say then he would definitely score waaay more KOs in under 5 rounds. They are always accumulation knockouts. He’s got really big power but he’s not a proper one punch KO man,

Posted May 20, 2013 12:45 pm 


GGG greatest middleweight based on what…what did he do that proves that….some k-bro. fans are 12yrs old kids that want to prove their russian background makes them the greatest boxers ever…FOOLISH KIDS.Yes Ali..Frasier..Foreman..Tillman..all beat the best russia had to offer in the olympics..and they were young guys beating grown men with big backgrounds.They beat the russian pros of their day.And k-bros beating prime Ali isnt that just YOUR opinion that you aswell cant prove.Like the saying goes opinions are like a-holes we all have them…But Jordan couldnt play in todays NBA even in his prime…thats all I had to hear,that says it all…foolish children.

Posted May 20, 2013 12:30 pm 


Didin’t Matthysse one punch KO Mike Dallas last time out with a short counter? That was the KO for me. Spectacular and a weight class up!

Posted May 20, 2013 12:30 pm 

Gussy Finknottle

Edwin Valero was THE hardest puncher ever. A bad man though

Posted May 20, 2013 11:48 am 

K-2- Fan

Both K-Brothers hit HARD ! To deny this , or to compare them to ” greats ”
of bygone days , is both silly and fruitless , since all we have is YOUR opinion
on it , it CANNT be proven . Any halfway , intelligent , thinking person , would not possibly deny ,
that todays athletes , ( not just boxers ) are bigger , faster , better trained ,
technically more advanced , better nourished and stronger than say , 20
years ago , let alone , 30 or 50 ! So ANYONE , who stars comparing the fighters
of past eras to the Klitchkos , tells me that they have not made the mental transition to think logically , and are voicing their opinion strictly based on emotion. The plain facts are that ; the Klitchkos are dominant NOW , for the same reason they would be dominant in any other era ; they simply are
BETTER than ANY ONE else ! Some may no like it , some can deny it , but

Posted May 20, 2013 11:21 am 


Jordan couldnt play basketball today in his prime…REALLY???Man some of these k-bro. fans say anything to prove a point…FOOLISH KIDS!!!

Posted May 20, 2013 10:50 am 

It’s Me, Ernie

harriet, since when do BOTH BOXERS NEED TO BE OVER 200LBS to be considered a heavyweight fight?

You really need to learn more about the sport before making anymore incorrect statements.

Posted May 20, 2013 10:28 am 


Marquez has more devastating one-punch power than Pacquiao. With his chemist’s assistance of course…but still, definitely better one-punch power. Pacquiao destroys you with pinpoint combinations, not one punch power.

Posted May 20, 2013 9:58 am 


Its still HAMMED

Posted May 20, 2013 9:55 am 


tark,wladimir in his second fight with sam peter also knock out peter.and did what vitali couldn’t do knock peter down. with vitali peter quit on his stool.with wladimir peter was on his back and out.

Posted May 20, 2013 9:32 am 


Its all relative to size but I have to say whilst not his biggest fan if you look at the combination of size, speed and technique then Wlad is the hardest puncher on the planet. Pound for pound I would go for Haye and Mathysse but the hardest puncher I have ever seen is Julian Jackson he could literally touch you and put you to sleep!

Posted May 20, 2013 9:22 am 



Posted May 20, 2013 8:54 am 


Nadeem Hamed

Randall Bailey

Julian Jackson

All these guys spring to mind when Referees don’t stop the fight on a TKO
But put the victim on his side in the recovery position

Posted May 20, 2013 4:26 am 


cool nickname Ron Jeremy! :)

Posted May 20, 2013 3:17 am 


Harry >you are correct . Just because Tyson couldn’t ko holy it dosent mean that Tyson didnt hit extreamly hard …Lewis got ko’d by Rahman but revenged his loss by a ko so it all depends of the way the fight folds!

Posted May 20, 2013 1:12 am 


I disagree with GGG being hardest puncher of the MWs. I would go with Chavez Jr., with Quillin closing in next as of late. Quillin has been showing serious power in all of his punches from the jab to the overhand right, and everything in between.

Posted May 20, 2013 1:10 am 

Ron Jeremy

…………….Looks like Wladimir Klitschko is The King of Boxing………………..

……………………….FM is not even on the list……………………………………..

Posted May 20, 2013 12:55 am 


WRONG TARK! Holyfield wasn’t scared of Tysons punch power at all. does it mean tyson is a weak puncher??? that only means that Tysons SKILLS are not good enough for Holyfield. As for Sam Peter. in Vladimir KlichKO BOTH fights he came in in decent shape around 245 lbs. in the Vitaliy fight he came in in awful 265 lbs shape. AGAIN READ THIS, 265 LBS PETER WAS. A SLOW PLODDING PUNCHBAG….OK, CHRIS BYRD SAID VLADIMIR HITS HARDER. STEWARD SAID VLADIMIR HITS HARDER THAN LEWIS OR VITALIY. End of discussion.

Posted May 20, 2013 12:50 am 


The hardest right hook I think Tyson and jack Dempsey top the list ,hardest uppercut Forman
Hardest jab Larry Holmes,wlad klitchko ,Forman .
Hardest overnight hand punch Lewis !

Posted May 20, 2013 12:40 am 


lol c’mon! look stupid??? hah!!! don’t make me laugh dog! if you have a brain you got to understand that Marciano has not performed a single heavyweight fight! BOTH BOXERS GOT TO BE ABOVE 200 LBS. His resume is 0-0. Joe Louis is 11-0. Clay is 28-4, 8 KO’S (pathetic record), Holmes is 60-5, bums beater Forman is 59-5. rapist tyson is 45-6. Lenny Lewis is 39-2. bums beater Nikolay Valuev is 50-2. Vitaliy KlichKO is 45-2…VLADIMIR KLICHKO IS 60-3, 52 KO’S. THIS IS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT RECORD OF ALL TIME. I operate with FACTS. I don’t invent nothing. I just compare heavyweights according to common rules. so c’mon dude, the only oldfasion stupid nostalgist is YOU.

Posted May 20, 2013 12:37 am 


Bears > I agree ,when it comes to a straight right punch wlad has the hardest straight punch of all time without question …I think Ali straight right was the hardest from the standstill and the fastest !

Posted May 20, 2013 12:31 am 


Big rich>It was other way around ,it was haye who didn’t take any risk against wlad not wlad….it is not easy ko’ing boxers if they don’t engage and they just run without trying to punch,just like kingpin did against vitaly or Mosley against paqiao after he got droped by paqiao …

Posted May 20, 2013 12:27 am 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

Vitaly used his movement and range better than wlad and didn’t really clinch as much. Sam peter just couldn’t get anywhere because vitaly was land power punches from a mile out. I defintly think wlads strait right maybe the most powerful punch of al time at heavy most stopping power. I think it has more stoping power than anything vitaly has.

Posted May 20, 2013 12:26 am 


I know yall don’t know me yet but u will. I have to put myself on that list among heavyweights

Posted May 20, 2013 12:03 am 


You have to have intimidating punching power to keep burley punchers off of you… Peter didn’t come near Vitali because he was scared to death…but he came right after Wladimir for the 12.. Sanders took a chance but soon backed off when he felt Vitali’s shots whizzing past his ears… Wladimir’s KO ratio went down when he failed to get those guys out.. Vitali’s went up when he got them out.. Sure Wladimir isn’t going to have any problems hitting Byrd. The man is super small and can’t punch. And it took a lot of shots. Vitali’s left arm was useless against Byrd so that’s not a comparison.

One punch KO’s where the opponent is stretched out like Pacquiao or Williams look picturesque, but are rare for anyone.. You catch somebody perfect and they’re out cold for the night—no matter how strong their chin is. You can’t tell by that.. Vitali cooled guys like Sosnowski, Hyde, Kirk Johnson, and a few others, Wladimir scored a few one-punchers as well. The objective criteria are how they measure up against the same opponents and who was afraid to trade with them and who wasn’t—and their KO ratios. Anyone can say, “I think this guy punched harder.” That’s not an objective criterion. KO ratios are objective. Vitali missed 4 years of his career when he was in his early 30’s and still has the highest KO ratio of any Heavyweight Champion in over 50 years.

Posted May 19, 2013 11:44 pm 


Kid chocalate hardest punching middle weight

Posted May 19, 2013 11:41 pm 


Hardest puncher today, Manny Pacquiao hands down. Hatton, Diaz, Cotto, Morales Barrera, Margarito, De La Hoya. Decisive destruction at the hands of a man many claim to be the best ever. Manny has unequaled power, and he breaks bones and hurts people badly.

Posted May 19, 2013 11:33 pm 


Nigel benn and the hitman hearns.

Posted May 19, 2013 11:27 pm 


Gerald McClelan and Julian Jackson top 10 all time for sure…For now here’s my list.

Light Heavyweight-Kovalev
Super Middleweight-Stevenson
Light Middleweight-Perro Angulo
Light Welterweight-Mathysse
Super Featherweight-Uchiyama
Super Bamtamweight-Donaire
Super Flyweight-Sor Rungvisai
Light Flyweight-Gonzalez
Minimumweight Sylvestre

Posted May 19, 2013 11:13 pm 


agree with you anonymous

Posted May 19, 2013 11:04 pm 


Harry – Where did I mention Louis, Marciano or Ali? Stop your lies because you continue to look stupid. Also It was my opinion that Vitali beats Wlad due to being tougher. Nothing to do with punching power. Again you look stupid. However, as you have brought it up, I look in all the record books and see in the Heavy Weight division all 3 of those names above plus Wlad. I can’t seem to find this Super Heavy Weight division you keep banging on about. Try sticking to the facts instead of Harry’s world of substantiated rumour.

Posted May 19, 2013 11:01 pm 


TARK what are you arguing about??? about PUNCHING POWER??? Then your completely out of subject. Sanders and Peter knockdowns have nothing to do with Vlads punch power, it “probably” have something to do with Sanders and Peters punch power, don’t you think??? As we are talking about Vladimir’s and Vitaliy’s punch power then Chris Byrd’s opinion means a lot as he has been fighting both of em. Even in the KLITSCHKO MOVIE Byrd confirms that Vladimir hits a lot harder than his brother.

Posted May 19, 2013 10:56 pm 


Rating punching power is hard. Some fighters have more wins by KO, because they are a better boxer, or throw more punches, wear the opponents down, or fought worse opposition. So simple looking at ko stats doesn’t state a fighter hits harder. An example is vitali has a higher Ko percentage but I think Vladimir hits harder. Other example might be Carl Froch Athur Abram. Pac is a hard puncher but except on a few occasion he simply wears fighters down. Mayweather isn’t the hardest puncher by any means, but sometimes it looks like it do to his accuracy.

Posted May 19, 2013 10:37 pm 

Big Rich

David Haye would be up there! He is really a CW KO HW’s bar Wlad! but even in defeat Wlad was wary of Haye’s power and that is why the fight went to points. He took no risks v Haye!
All time you have to start to talk about Earnie Shavers, Big George Foreman, Mike Tyson

Posted May 19, 2013 10:26 pm 


How about roman gonzalez

Posted May 19, 2013 10:26 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

Sam peter was slaughtered by vitaly with accumulation. Not single punch ko power. There is definetly more “stopping power” in wlads strait rightas oposed to vitalys

Posted May 19, 2013 10:22 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

Tark- that has nothing to do with who hits harder that’s styles making fights. Wladimir didn’t even land on sanders how would sanders know wlads power he never felt it. In terms of one punch stopping power definetly the nod goes to wlad. He may be the best of all time with nucear bomb powered strait right. I would say vitaly is not far behind. Sam was able to rabit punch wlad we all know that even steward talked about it. Why omit such a critical fact? Sam dropped wlad because of equilibrium debilitating rabit punches. Fight 2 sam landed cleanly with LEGAL shots and wlad did not drop.hmmmmm let’s use our deductive reasoning shall we

Posted May 19, 2013 10:19 pm 


Ask him figuratively Enema Schnozzle… You know damned well what he’d say since The Sniper crushed Wladimir in 2 rounds, and in his very next fight Vitali smashed him all over the ring until the referee was forced to stop it…

Peter knocked Wladimir down 3 times in his only loss, going the full 12… Vitali won every minute of every round against the 31-1 Peter, after a 4-year-layoff … clubbing Peter into submission in half the distance.

Posted May 19, 2013 10:00 pm 

It’s Me, Ernie

Little hard to ask Sanders, douche-nozzle…

Posted May 19, 2013 9:51 pm 


Ask Corrie Sanders and Sam Peter…

Posted May 19, 2013 9:33 pm 


hey c’mon! so you wanna say that Joe Louis, Marciano and Ali also were full time heavyweights as Vladimir KlichKO?! in 200+lbs division Marciano is 0-0!!! clay is 28-4, 8 ko’s!!! Vladimir is the best ever 60-3, 52 ko’s! he beat the biggest amount of unbeaten and once beaten 200+lbs guys. And Vladimir is CLEARLY a better puncher than Vitaliy. Ask Byrd! He said it many times already.

Posted May 19, 2013 9:28 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

Bailey over Pac too, although Manny has that deceptively weird inexplicable Bruce Lee type of power.

Posted May 19, 2013 9:16 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

And no, Vitali is not a harder puncher than Wlad. lol

Posted May 19, 2013 9:14 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

Perhaps awful was too harsh. I’m not too familiar with some of the fighters from the lower weight divisions on your list, but from cruiser to super middle your selections are poor. I don’t understand citing Guillermo Jones’ stoppage of Ledebev to illustrate his power at all.. That was more due to Lebedev being totally spent than anything else. As for Cloud stopping Gonzalez, well whilst Gonzalez was unquestionably one tough hombre (RIP), Cloud couldn’t drop him despite hitting hit him with everything bar the kitchen sink. He landed a sickening amount of full power shots in that one. I remember screaming at my TV screen for the ref to stop the fight numerous times throughout that. Froch’s power is underrated by many, but Stevenson and Bute clearly hit harder.

Posted May 19, 2013 9:11 pm 

Layla Ali

Omg when are they gonna get this right !!!!!!!! Wladimir Klitschko has 52 KO’s !!!!!!! 52 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg !!!!!

Posted May 19, 2013 9:10 pm 

Squared-Circle (a.k.a. LionKing)

Must agree with Bears, here. Sergey Kovalev is definitely the hardest hitting Light HW. He’s 20-0 with 18 KOs (86% KO ratio) and he killed a tough up- and-coming Russian fighter in the ring in 2011. Cloud’s KO ratio, although impressive, is 76%. All the top dogs at 175lbs are trying to pretend that Sergey doesn’t even exist because he’s their worst Whitemare. Just begging for an opportunity to fight them. Real talk.

Posted May 19, 2013 9:06 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

Tark- u totally passed over light heavy dude

Posted May 19, 2013 8:56 pm 


Not a bad list… But here are a few of the changes I would make…

Vitali is a harder puncher than Wladimir… VK has a higher KO ratio. Plus he stopped Sam Peter, Corrie Sanders, and Ross Puritty like they were butter—guys who knocked Wladimir down 8 times and stopped him twice.

Adonis Stevenson is a harder puncher than Froch. He’s nowhere near as good boxer but he is a harder one-shot puncher

Ruslan Provodnikov is the hardest punching welterweight. Pacquiao couldn’t hurt Bradley even a little bit at any time. Provodnikov knocked Tim down twice, and concussed him badly. Ask Bradley who punches harder.

Adrien Broner is the hardest punching lightweight… He hasn’t made the jump to welterweight until he fights Paulie… But with his 85% KO ratio and smashing firepower he’ll be no chump at welterweight.

Mikey Garcia is the hardest punching featherweight… Garcia knocked Orlando Salido down several times before Salido lost on desperation foul. Salido was in a bad way every minute against the heavy handed Garcia—until he crushed Garcia’s nose with a smashing head-butt. Salido KO’d Lopez twice so you know he could stand up to his firepower.

Posted May 19, 2013 8:48 pm 


Harry it can’t be a statistical fact if there is no such thing as a professional Super Heavy Weight division. In the Super Heavy Weight division there are no stats because it doesn’t exist. Trying to inflate Wlads legacy with lies only sets him back with his detractors. Wlad is good and arguably one of the best of all time, no need for your nonsense as it is all there for everyone to see. BTW IMO Vitali beats Wlad 99/100, too tough for little brother.

Posted May 19, 2013 8:45 pm 



Posted May 19, 2013 8:34 pm 


Well I know Cloud is not the hardest puncher at light heavy. Never seen the guy y’all are talking about though

Posted May 19, 2013 8:29 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

I didn’t even see your post before I wrote my Bears. Yes, Kovalev is clearly the hardest hitter at 175. You can hear how hard they are just from the sound they make.

Posted May 19, 2013 8:19 pm 

Red Ryan

All time Ko Artist goes too………. “The Hawk” Julian Jackson..

Posted May 19, 2013 8:06 pm 

Red Ryan

Good list but Where da hell is Randall Bailey???? It is the hardest hitters in boxing today??

Posted May 19, 2013 8:03 pm 

Gonzo of Nazareth

Awful list.

From heavy to light welterweight I’d go with

Not too sure about 154 but it’s probably Canelo and Lara

Posted May 19, 2013 7:52 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

I would say killing a mn is BEYOND ko power. Its murderous power. How kovalev is not listed as hardest hitting light heavy is ridiculusness

Posted May 19, 2013 7:47 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

NO WAY IS CLOUD THE HARDEST HITTING LIGHT HEAVY. Its certainly kovalev with 20 wins and 18 kos. He literally killed a man in the ring. Wow whoever wrote this article got that one teribbly teribbly wrong! Lol! U suck dude. The writer needs to rectify his boxing knowledge deficientcy.

Posted May 19, 2013 7:45 pm 


Randall Bailey is the hardest hitting Welterweight, hell you could of even put Maidana instead of Pacquaio… and Adonis Stevenson or Abraham is the hardest hitting Super Middleweight. For Lightweight you can put Broner,

Posted May 19, 2013 7:44 pm 

BEARS (with a quak quak here and a quak quak there here a quak there a quak everywhere a quak quak)

Dman right wladimir is the face of this article “hardest punchers in boxing today”. Dudes power is NUCLEAR.

Posted May 19, 2013 7:41 pm 


Hm, although not as good of a fighter, I’d say Abraham should be considered at either 160 or 168 here.

Posted May 19, 2013 7:39 pm 

Gussie Finknottle

I think Golovkin could be the hardest puncher P4P today. All time hardest puncher…Edwin Valero

Posted May 19, 2013 7:28 pm 

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